The Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship foundation

Excellence Redefined

The Grace Fort Gouldsby
Scholarship Foundation

Excellence Redifined

"Helping the Future Grow One Mind at a Time"

The Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships for the purpose of recognizing high school seniors in the state of Texas who have demonstrated outstanding and committed service in their community as well as academic excellence. This award is intended to provide financial assistance to such students in attaining their educational and career goals.

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2023-2024 RECIPIENT

Hailee Hackett


Hallie Hackett graduated as Valedictorian from Hooks High School in 2023. She is an Animal Science Major at Texas A&M University. Hallie has been involved in agriculture her whole life and has raised and exhibited Simbrah cattle for 10 years. During her time in high school, she was highly involved in FFA, competing in every area of contest available and holding numerous offices. She has also served as the President and Queen for the Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Association and currently serves as a South Central Region Trustee and Vice President of Leadership for the American Junior Simmental Association. At Texas A&M, she is a member of Saddle & Sirloin and the Texas Aggie Cattlewomen, as well as an Honors Animal Science Student.


Grace Lee Fort Gouldsby, born in 1923 in Bowie County, Texas, attended Hooks public schools, graduating in 1941 and entered Bishop College in 1942. She graduated in 1946 with a Bachelors degree. She did graduate work at Prairie View A&M University and East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas. Mrs. Gouldsby started her teaching career at Center Point Boarding High School, Pittsburgh, Texas, where she did her student teaching in 1946.

She accepted her first teaching assignment at Wynn High School in Garland City, Arkansas where she taught homemaking and coached girls’ athletics. During the various stages of her teaching career, in the colored school system and after integration, she taught Elementary, Junior High and High School. Areas of concentration included the head start program, remedial reading, home economics and Braille instruction. She was an active community leader and worked with children       in the 4-H Club, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts (Den Mother) and was a dietician mother and extension agent.

 Her family established the Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit corporation, on the occasion of her           retirement from the teaching profession in June of 1989. It was a means of expressing their love and appreciation for Mrs. Gouldsby’s unsparing devotion to excellence in education.

The annual scholarship is awarded to a meritorious high school graduate to assist in furthering his/her education. The recipients of the award exhibit excellence in leadership and scholarship. The initial Scholarship Committee was selected by Mrs. Gouldsby, which was comprised of members of the community. Today, the Scholarship Committee is comprised of citizens from the community and board members determines awards. Over the years, many people have made generous contributions to the Foundation particularly during the period after Mrs. Gouldsby’s untimely death in 1991. Contributions are tax deductible and go directly into the Scholarship Foundation. The experience, energy and dedication that Grace Fort Gouldsby brought to the field of education greatly enriched our children, our community, and our overall quality of life, and the Scholarship Foundation is one way of continuing her life-long commitment to quality education and quality life.

The Foundation extends its sincere appreciation to the many patrons, fiends, and family members who have supported their efforts to assist these deserving young persons. The goal is to raise enough funds to ensure that the Grace Fort Gouldsby Scholarship Foundation will continue in perpetuity, and with your help we can make this goal a reality.

Devotion to Excellence in Education

Grace Fort Gouldsby, shown below with her 1954 3rd grade class in Hooks, Bowie County, TX, is the name sake of the Foundation. She began her teaching career at the historic Center Point School in Pittsburgh, TX, which was a boarding school known for its premier education that educated students from cities and towns across the country.

Meet the board Members

Mattye Gouldsby Jones

Isaac Gouldsby
Vice President

John Hicks

Yolanda Franklin

Stephanie Blakely

George Gouldsby
Community Outreach

Cathy Carreathers
Community Outreach

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